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Queen's Big Give

Queen’s Big Give is a campus-wide end-of-the-year donation and recycling campaign, which encourages students moving out of halls or privately rented accommodation to donate their unwanted reusable goods, such as clothes, shoes, books, CDs/DVDs and kitchenware to local charities.

In May 2018, Queen’s University and Students’ Union teamed up with the British Heart Foundation in an effort to reduce waste and raise essential funds for cardiovascular research.  The campaign ran from 14 May - 9 June, with collection points across campus and three donation sorting workshops at Elms Village accommodation.

Queen’s student volunteers helped prepare hundreds of unwanted belongings for shipment to local British Heart Foundation charity shops, supporting their work and reducing the amount of waste going to landfill.

Even in its first year, the campaign was extremely successful with over 60 large bags of unwanted belongings donated by students leaving privately rented properties, and hundreds more collected from University accommodation.

While recycling is increasing on campus, Queen’s Big Give provides extra opportunities for students to recycle during the intense moving-out period at the end of term, and raise funds for a good cause at the same time.

Enactus Belfast

Enactus Belfast

We've been celebrating this week at Volunteer SU, as our very own Enactus Belfast have made it through to Enactus UK National Competition. 

Enactus Belfast are a student led society who set up social enterprises both locally and internationally to help improve the lives of others. Here are just a few of their current projects:

Kickstart: This project provides business workshops to teenage girls in the Shankill area, the project also runs its own social enterprise selling bookmarks. 
Frontier: This project runs a tutoring service for asylum seekers and refugees, and has a scholarship scheme which provides beneficiaries with the funds to sit the Life in the UK test which allows them to apply for citizenship 
Creative Chances: This project holds woodwork workshops for the homeless community, manufacturing tip boxes in order to allow the homeless beneficiaries to run their own social enterprise. 

If you have a passion for social enterprise then email to get involved.

Inspiring Leaders

Inspiring Leaders

Our ‘Inspiring Leaders’ are 150 outstanding students volunteering in positions of leadership, such as Clubs and Society Committee members, Youth Leaders, Homework Club Tutors, etc. Coming from all faculties and studying a range of courses, these students are the future leaders in all disciplines including business, IT, education, law, engineering, social sciences and health.

They are passionate, ambitious, and go the extra mile.

Our Inspiring Leaders lead their peers to provide innovative solutions to real world problems, to enact tangible change in their communities and to make a difference in Belfast and beyond.

Through voluntary activities, our Inspiring Leaders are building core employability skills whilst positively impacting the local community.

Inspiring Leaders is an intensive programme, exploring the who, what and why of leadership; which is co-ordinated by Volunteer SU (the volunteering department of Queen’s Students’ Union) and facilitated by leadership experts at the William J Clinton Leadership Institute at Queen’s.

Students meet with business, political, university and community leaders gleaning an insight into their leadership experiences and the learnings they have to share.

The 2017/18 Inspiring Leaders cohort will graduate from the programme on 17th April 2018.

Inspiring Leaders is a Queen’s University Social Charter Signature Programme. The Social Charter shines a light on the significant contribution made by Queen’s students and staff and their positive impact on society. The Social Charter provides a platform for demonstrating the innovation, discovery and creativity of our staff and students and the regional, national and global impact of their work. For more information on Queen’s University Social Charter, click here.

“Every student can make a difference and Inspiring Leaders harnesses and grows that potential, enabling Queen’s students to enhance their valuable contribution to society. This programme is developing some of our most promising individuals who will play an active part in the future of Northern Ireland and beyond.” – Lucia Kearney, Volunteer SU Manager.